More and more companies across the nation are offering their employees the opportunity to work from home. Technological developments, like cloud-based systems and nearly ubiquitous wireless internet access, make remote work easier than ever.
There are some who remain skeptical about the effectiveness of remote work, but there are advantages to working from home that can benefit both employees and companies.
Employing remote workers can decrease the cost of a brick-and-mortar office. In some cases, this cost can be totally eliminated. A remote workforce can also reduce the amount of company money spent on things like office snacks or supplies. The money saved can be invested back into employees’ salaries and the company as a whole.
Studies have shown that employees who work from home are more effective than those who work in a traditional office setting. It’s possible that this can be attributed to a quieter workspace, more control over time management, and a commitment to self-discipline by remote employees.
Eliminating an employee’s commute is likely to decrease their stress and boost their morale. Not only that, but employers can count on their employees to have a fixed start time – no more delays due to traffic jams, public transportation issues, or inclement weather.
Increased Exposure to Additional Markets
Hiring employees from a variety of cities, states, or even countries is one way to get increased insight into markets or demographics that an organization may not otherwise be familiar with. More diversity will bring a wider number of perspectives and ideas to the table.
Larger Hiring Pool
Hiring remotely eliminates many geographic barriers on a company’s ability to find talented employees, because the commute no longer has to be considered. And while salary and other benefits still play a role in attracting in-demand employees, remote work can offer an advantage when potential hires are comparing employers.
Determining whether or not remote employment opportunities are appropriate for your organization can be tough, and it requires a measured analysis of both the advantages and disadvantages. Check back with us next week, when we explore some of the challenges that can come along with remote work.
If your company employs a remote workforce, or you are considering the transition to a work-from-home model, Mazzitti and Sullivan EAP can help you keep these team members engaged and productive with a customized employee assistance program. Our EAP services are designed to meet the evolving needs of your organization, its employees and HR leaders.